When you are a motorcycle enthusiast, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to find something that truly fits your personal taste as far as the design of the bike goes, while simultaneously providing you with something that you can realistically ride safely. Truer words were never spoken than for those individuals who love the styling of a retro bike, yet don't really have any experience riding a motorcycle themselves. That is, until the Mutt Akita 125 came along.
What is it?
In short, this is one of the most unique motorcycles to come along in quite some time. Developed by motorcycle company Mutt, the new Akita 125 looks like something that came out of the 1960s. It's not as bold or as robust as most modern-day motorcycles are, but it has a quality about it that makes it almost impossible to pass it up when you see it. In fact, it's something that is quite eye-catching in and of itself, largely because of the fact that it is styled specifically to take you back to an earlier time when motorcycles were both cool and mysterious. Today, most motorcycles are far more utilitarian in their nature. They simply don't possess the same sense of mysticism that they used to. These days, it's all about getting from one point to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. The end result is that there are a lot of efficient motorcycles that simply don't have any sense of style to them. In short, the magic has gone out of most of the motorcycles that are currently being produced. This particular example takes you back to a time when everything about them was interesting because a lot of people didn't ride them. That made them stand out in a crowd and it got the attention of passersby. This particular example is capable of doing exactly that, no matter how many motorcycles you've seen in your lifetime.
The other thing that makes this motorcycle exceptionally unique is the fact that it's easy to ride. It doesn't have a lot of extra bells and whistles, holding true to the form of the motorcycles commonly produced during the 1960's. However, there is another benefit associated with a motorcycle that isn't chock-full of buttons and features that only serve to distract the rider. When you don't have a great deal of experience riding, it's critically important that your focus always be on what you're doing. The last thing you want to do is be fiddling around with the controls while you're on the bike, as this can become very dangerous for you and those around you. Since this motorcycle doesn't really have any of that stuff, it leaves you to focus on the task at hand, which is getting from one point to another safely. It also offers a steady ride that feels stable underneath you. The bike isn't difficult to control, making it a solid option for someone that doesn't have a lot of experience. In addition, it’s priced rather reasonably, costing you less than $5,000 to purchase a brand new one.
This is a bike that will get you where you're going without leading you on a white-knuckle ride. It incorporates a 125 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine, enough to get you where you're going quickly enough without being so fast that it's difficult to control. In addition, the bike has a much more comfortable seat than most motorcycles, making it almost perfect for someone that isn't sure that they'll be comfortable on the majority of bikes produced today. This may not be something that a lot of people think about, but those who have a lot of lower back pain or pain in their legs often find it very difficult to ride motorcycles that force them to stretch outside of their comfort zone in order to gain effective control of the bike. This particular bike isn't as long as most motorcycles, meaning that you don't have to stretch as far forward to get a good grip on the handlebars. By the same token, the seat itself is both longer and wider. This makes it a more comfortable option for people that aren't accustomed to riding motorcycles or who have some issues with pain in the lower body.
Finishing the look
One of the things that Mutt was quite keen on was ensuring that this bike was a good entry-level option while also looking the part of something that was produced decades ago. In addition to the 18 inch wheels and the fact that the bike sits just high enough off the ground to be comfortable without being so high that it’s almost frightening, it also incorporates contrasting brown and black colors in conjunction with the burnished silver metal. The bike even has a round halogen headlight, something that hasn't been incorporated on motorcycles in quite some time. Despite its relatively low price tag, some people have actually argued that it is too expensive because it doesn't have any of the modern-day equipment that most motorcycles are built with. That said, a price tag of just over $4,500 seems a lot more reasonable than any entry level car available in the last ten years, so it may still be a good option for people that are looking for economic transport without spending a lot of money in the process.
At the end of the day, there is no doubt that this is a bike that is capable of getting your attention. It won't win a performance contest, that part is obvious. With a 125 cc engine, it's not going to be the fastest thing out there. However, when you are marketing a motorcycle for beginner riders, you don't necessarily want that bike to be the fastest thing in existence. Considering the demographic that they're shooting for, the Mutt Akita 125 seems to check all the boxes. In order to see whether or not it is truly a success, the only option is to give it some time and see how well it resonates with the public.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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